September, 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A life without hockey (Month 4)

As you can see, it has been a quiet month blog wise. My fourth month in Korea was full of a lot of ups and downs. All of a sudden I was bitten by the Korea bug, and I started to think that I was never coming home, or at least not for two years instead of just one. I’m sure part of this had to do with the fact that I started going to the beach a lot more. I don’t know why it took me so long to get there in the first place. The first four months really just flew by, and I hadn’t realized that the summer was practically over. Ulsan can be a bit of a black hole. You’re more than happy to just sleep in late and hang out with your friends at the same dirty bars Saturday after Saturday. I was almost starting to think that maybe I could be happy here, but then everything collapsed all at once.

Things aren’t as bad now as they were then – I’m actually about two weeks away from the fifth month mark as I’m writing this. I’m sure the fact that hockey season started in Korea five days after I hit four months had a lot to do with it, but I’ll talk more about that next when I discuss my first Korean hockey game. (Note: I almost wrote “ice hockey” there. I clearly have been away from home for too long!) Oh yeah, and I’m sure I’ll get around to finishing the posts from LAST season as well – my bad! Anyway, I was pretty miserable for a while. I went from thinking I could stay in Korea forever to searching for the next flight out of Incheon airport. Although there were “domestic” troubles and drama at the office, no issue seemed quite as devastating as the hair crisis of 2010. I knew Korean hair stylists wouldn’t be able to dye my hair properly! They can’t dye their own hair properly and my hair is just as dark as theirs! Luckily I’ve found a way to make it work, and, like Caps fans everywhere, I’m rocking the red…though, really, it’s more of an orange.

I also experienced my first loss in Korea. The sad thing about the foreigner community is that people are constantly coming and going. It can make relationships challenging, and I think people take a strange approach to dating, etc because of it. Although I’ve seen many people leave since I’ve been here, in my fourth month one of my friends went back to the other side of the world. It was the first time that I cared that someone was leaving, and I know that he is just the first of many that I will see get back on the boat while I’m still stranded here – sad face!

While the first four months went by really quickly, I have this dreadful feeling that the next eight months will not. I find myself thinking more and more if eight more months is really what I want. Luckily, now I have hockey to amuse me for a little while. Anyway, that’s all I really have to say right now. You can follow Canadian Psycho Worldwide for a better look at what goes on in the Korean Psycho universe. Until next time… stick on the ice, etc.

P.S. There are a few new hockey names this month! Here’s the updated list:


2. Bauer
3. Scotty (Bowman)
4. Ovi
5. Modano
6. Bure (Pavel) [New]
7. Maurice (Richard) [New]


1. Darcy (Tucker)
2. Vezina
3. Quinn
4. Kovy
5. Souray
6. Bobby (Clarke) [New]

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